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The best (and best) of 2009

And I thought the year-end list affliction wouldn't strike me. How wrong I was. For whatever reason writers and critics feel compelled to produce yearly retrospectives on their beats (I think it's written into our genetic codes), I have come up with a few of my favorite moments from the art and theater scenes in 2009. Some will appear in Sunday's ArtsBeat column in the Spotlight section. Meanwhile, just for the heck of it, I thought I'd post my brainstorming list of events and trends, in no particular order and with no claim of exhaustiveness, that seemed worthy of note this year.

Read the list after the jump.

Please add your own in the comments section!

"Conversation Pieces" at CEPA Gallery
"Robert Mangold: Beyond the Line" at Albright-Knox Art Gallery
A.J. Fries and Jon Haddock at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
The Allentown Gallery Walk
"The 39 Steps" at Kavinoky Theatre
"Rocky Horror Picture Show" at ALT Theatre
New homes for O'Connell and Company, Buffalo United Artists, Just Buffalo Literary Center, Western New York Book Arts Center and Kaleidoscope Theatre
"Ecologies of Decay" of Artspace
"Grenadine" at Road Less Traveled Productions
"Twilight" at Subversive Theatre Collective
"Discovering James Joyce" at the Anderson Gallery
Justine Kurland, Brian Ulrich and Alice O'Malley at CEPA Gallery
Hallwalls' 35th Anniversary Auction
("The Pictures Generation" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City)
Siebren Versteeg at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
"A Chorus Line" at Shea's Performing Arts Center
"Duayne Hatchett" at Burchfield Penney Art Center
"Diva by Diva" 10th anniversary at O'Connell and Company
Music Is Art at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
"Sunday in the Park with George" at MusicalFare Theatre
Alec Baldwin at Rockwell Hall
Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin at Shea's Performing Arts Center
"The Beauty Queen of Leenane" at the New Phoenix Theatre
"The Poem You Asked For," a reading of poetry by Augustine Towey at Niagara University
"Action/Abstraction" at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
"Ah, Wilderness" at Irish Classical Theatre Company
Charles Burchfield shows at Burchfield Penney Art Center

The addition of Sugar City, The Vault, Nobody's Art Center and 464 Gallery, among others, to the city's vibrant gallery and performance space scene.

--Colin Dabkowski

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